Welcome to my list of Non-Food Preps. This is a list of things I want to make sure I have in the house just in case. Much of it I already have just because I have acquired things through the years. However, I do think it is good to make a list to make sure you have everything you think you will need.
This is by no means a comprehensive list and is mainly geared for my needs in Scotland. Hopefully it can give you a basis for making your own list and adapting it to your needs.
NON FOOD PREPS
Personal Notepad The notepad with all your important information, recipes, how to tips etc.
Batteries Various sizes and amounts – make sure you have spare batteries for everything
Axe I have a woodburning stove so this is very useful
First Aid Kit Don’t just buy one from the shop, make sure it has what you and your family need
Pet Food Make sure you have a back up of pet food
Baking Soda Great for so many different uses
Sleeping Bag Make sure to get a proper ex army or 4 seasons one if you can
Cast Iron Pan Just what you need for cooking on a fire or wood burner
Fire Flint Emergency fire making abilities are always good
Dryer Lint To help with above sparks
Blankets Whether for sleeping or putting over windows, blankets are a great prep
Multitool Always good to have a blade/scissors/screwdriver all in the same handy place
Paper and Pens Lists will need to be made, kids possibly kept occupied
Contact List Have a list of important numbers/addresses etc on paper
Bleach Must have to keep things sanitary
Proper Socks Wet/cold feet make me miserable, proper thick socks are a must
Playing cards Always good to have a distraction that doesn’t require power
Radio If you can get a wind up/solar power radio it will keep you in touch with the world
Hats/Gloves Must have for when the weather gets chilly
Medication Try to ensure a decent supply of any and all regularly used meds
Buckets In case of water going down, you will def want a couple of buckets
Solar lights I have garden solar lights which I sit on the windowsill and use inside
Good Boots Or at least some decent comfy footwear
Torch Make sure it has plenty spare batteries
Camp Stove Emergency cooking ability is a great bonus
Shovel Great for gardening and snow clearing
Sunscreen Make sure to have some just in case
Bin Bags Whether clearing up or for emergency rain ponchos, make sure you have plenty
Filters Coffee Filters/Muslin Cloth etc – you may need to filter water at some point
As I say, this is not a comprehensive list but it is the basis for making sure I won’t panic at the first sign of snow etc.